Book Review: “Children of Time”

“Well, now I’m going to have nightmares,” said my Laddie mildly, without taking his eyes from his Kindle. I glanced across the pillow at him. “Why?” “Because this book has giant spiders…and they’re better characters than the humans.” Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time will make even arachnophobes rethink their prejudices. Without spoiling too much of the … Continue reading Book Review: “Children of Time”

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Book Review: “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. LeGuin

The late Ursula K. LeGuin is one of my favorite thinkers on the writing craft. Her essays on the speculative genre, The Language of the Night, arguably saved my authorial ambitions from withering in an undergraduate English department. But I’d only ever read one of her novels. When she departed this plane in January, I … Continue reading Book Review: “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. LeGuin

Book Review: “Leviathan Wakes” by James S. A. Corey

After ardent recommendations from several friends, I finally read Leviathan Wakes. The initial impression validated all the praise, enthralling me with parallel storylines from two distinct perspectives. Joe Miller, a detective on the crime-riddled Ceres outpost, gets assigned a missing persons case that’s more complex than it seems. His early chapters read like Raymond Chandler … Continue reading Book Review: “Leviathan Wakes” by James S. A. Corey